Michael C. Barry

Funeral Home: Kerr-Parzygnot Funeral Home (Map-it)


Visitation: Wednesday, February 28 from 2pm to 8pm
Service Date: 02/29/2024
Service Time: 10AM
Place of Service: Our Lady of the Heights (St Kieran) of Halsted, Chicago Heights, IL (Map-it)
Cemetery: Assumption Cemetery 19500 S Cottage Grove, Glenwood, Illinois (Map-it)

 

Michael C. Barry age 62 longtime resident of  Chicago Heights, Illinois passed away peacefully at home on February 21, 2024.  Born on March 31, 1961 to the late Joseph and late Maryalice (nee Redding) Barry in New York.  Beloved husband of 35 years to Cheryl (nee Cooper); loving father to Br. Sean S.J., and Patrick (Emily) Barry.  Dear brother to Nancy (late Michael Macaulay) Barry, Eileen (Michael) O’Reilly, Sheila (late Rich) Mariangeli, Maris (Naxhi) Lika, Tom (Michelle Hoffmann) Barry and Joe (Jan) Barry.  Preceded in death by Marilynn (Buddy) Ryan.  Fond uncle to many nieces and one nephew.

Michael attended and graduated from Marian Catholic High School in Chicago Heights.  He worked many years at Ace Hardware in Chicago Heights and was a loyal employee of Armil CFS in South Holland for the past 36 years.

Visitation Wednesday, February 28th  from 2:00PM to 8:00PM at Kerr-Parzygnot Funeral Home 540 Dixie Hwy. (at Joe Orr Road), Chicago Heights, IL 60411.  Funeral mass at 10AM on Thursday at Our Lady of the Heights (St. Kieran), 724 W. 195th Street, Chicago Heights, Illinois   Interment:  Assumption Cemetery, Glenwood, IL.  Info: (708) 754-0016.

 

 

Service Date: 2024-02-29
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Thomas Earl Rubin, Sr.

  U.S. Veteran
Funeral Home: Crete Funeral Home (Map-it)


Visitation: Friday, Feb. 23 from 2PM to 8PM
Service Date: 02/24/2024
Service Time: 11AM
Place of Service: Trinity Lutheran Church 1393 Elizabeth Street, Crete, Illinois (Map-it)
Cemetery: Trinity Lutheran Cemetery Route 1 (Main Street), Crete, Illinois (Map-it)

Thomas Earl Rubin, Sr. passed away on February 15, 2024, in Crete, Illinois. He was born on August 30, 1946, in Chicago Heights, Illinois, to Earl and Betty Rubin (née Schwinn). After a brief stint in the Navy, Tom worked as a concrete foreman for 20 years, as well as running his own wood shop. Later, he also ran a successful firewood business. In his free time, he enjoyed woodworking, doing jigsaw puzzles, and watching sports – especially the Chicago Bears.

Tom is survived by his wife of 45 years, Joan (née Koelling); children Michelle Pierce, Thomas Rubin, Jr., Dana (Michael) Zastrow-Letts, Sarah Rubin, and Hannah Rubin; grandsons Ricky (Ashli) Pierce and Casidy Zastrow; great-grandchildren Tatum Pierce and Oakley Pierce; sisters Lorraine Rubin and Christine (Roy) Hennick; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, as well as siblings Earleen Wilder, Dorothy Armstrong, and David Rubin.

Visitation will be at Crete Funeral Home on Friday, February 23, 2024, from 2-8 pm.

A funeral service will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church in Crete on Saturday, February 24, 2024, at 11am, with visitation from 10-11 am. Burial will be at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Crete.

Service Date: 2024-02-24
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Louis M. Cosenza

Funeral Home: Kerr-Parzygnot Funeral Home (Map-it)


Visitation: Pending

Louis M. Cosenza age 74 resident of Bourbonnais and formerly from Chicago Heights, Illinois passed away on February 14, 2024.  Loving wife of 35 years to Paula (nee Fairbanks).  Beloved brother to Jack (Colleen) Cosenza.  Beautiful uncle to John (Traycee) Cosenza and great uncle to Anthony Cosenza and Stephanie Cosenza.   Preceded in death by his parents Jack and Anna Marie (Nee DiScorpio) Cosenza.  Louis worked for over 30 years as a National Sales Manager for Union Tools; he love everything about History, playing his guitar and a big baseball fan.

Arrangement entrusted to Kerr-Parzygnot Funeral Home, 540 Dixie Hwy. (at Joe Orr Rd.), Chicago Heights, IL. 60411. Info call (708) 754-0016.  Memorial is pending.

 

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Gilberto R. Leal

Funeral Home: Kerr-Parzygnot Funeral Home (Map-it)


Visitation: Memorial gathering Thursday February 15 from 4pm until service 7pm
Service Date: 02/15/2024
Service Time: 7PM

Gilberto R. Leal age 84, longtime resident of Chicago Heights, Illinois passed away on February 10, 2024.  Born on April 29, 1939 in Mexico to the late Ramon and late Delfina (nee Rodriguez) Leal.  Beloved husband to Antonia (nee Martinez); loving father to the late Leticcia Leal, Lucy (Don) Garcia, Gilberto (Jennifer) Leal, Kathy Leal and Laura (Omar) Masud.  Beautiful grandfather to 10; great grandfather to 5.  Dear brother to Celia Leal, Felipe Leal and preceded in death by 4 brothers and 2 sisters.  Fond uncle to many nieces and nephews.

 

Memorial gathering and service on Thursday, February 15th from 4 PM until the time of service at 7PM at Kerr-Parzygnot Funeral Home, 540 Dixie Hwy. (at Joe Orr Rd.), Chicago Heights, IL. 60411. Info call (708) 754-0016.

 

Service Date: 2024-02-15
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Norman P. Yambor

Funeral Home: Kerr-Parzygnot Funeral Home (Map-it)

Norman P. Yambor age 82 longtime resident of Steger formerly of Chicago Heights, Illinois.  Born on October 27, 1941 in Chicago Heights to the late Joseph and the late Marie (nee Wylat) Yambor.  Beloved husband to the late Ruby.  Loving father to Darrin Yambor and Karen (Mark) Senovic.  Cherished grandfather to Megan (AJ) Cruz, Brianna (Darryl) Jackson and Josh Senovic; great grandfather to Alyvia Cruz, Ava Jackson and Brooklyn Jackson.  Fond brother to Joseph (Diane) Yambor, Dennis Yambor, Marlene (Jim) McKee and Raymond (Pam) Yambor.  Fond uncle to many.  Norman attended St Joseph Grammar School and graduated from Bloom High School.  Norman was a former employee of Calumet Steel and Columbia Tool Steel of Chicago Heights, Illinois; he was also a member of the Polish American Club and Polish American Community Fair (P.A.C.F.)  He was an avid pool player.

Arrangements entrusted to Kerr-Parzygnot Funeral Home 540 Dixie Hwy. (at Joe Orr Road), Chicago Heights, IL 60411. Info: (708) 754-0016.

 

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Bettejean Culbertson

Funeral Home: Crete Funeral Home (Map-it)


Visitation: Private services

 

 

Bettejean Culbertson age 102, longtime resident of Crete, Illinois passed away on December 23, 2023.  Beloved wife to the late husband’s Clarence Culbertson, and the late Frank Strasser, the late Adrian Strasser; loving mother to Greg (Kathy) Strasser, Paul (Ronda) Strasser, John (Dorothy) Strasser, Jim (Adrienne) Strasser, & Mark (Carla) Strasser, Cherished Grandmother to 12 beautiful grandchildren and cherished Great Grandmother to 16 beautiful great grandchildren.  Bettejean was a longtime Artist in Bella Vista Arkansas for 30 years.

Arrangements entrusted to Kerr-Parzygnot Funeral Home 540 Dixie Hwy. (at Joe Orr Rd.), Chicago Heights, IL 60411. (708) 754-0016

 

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Virginia D. Waddell

Funeral Home: Monee Funeral Home (Map-it)


Visitation: Visitation Saturday January 27, 2024 from 10:00 A.M. until time of funeral service 12:30 P.M. at Monee Funeral Home
Service Date: 01/27/2024
Service Time: 12:30 P.M. at Monee Funeral Home
Cemetery: Skyline Memorial Park 248 S Governors Highway, Monee, Illinois (Map-it)

On Friday, January 19, 2024, at 90 years of age, Virginia Waddell passed peacefully from this world, surrounded by family, into the presence of her savior, Jesus Christ.

Virginia was preceded in death by her parents James Mackey and Helen Houston, her husband Joe, her sister Helen Young, and her older son Joe.

She leaves behind her son Jim Waddell and his wife Gloria, grandchildren Katie Waddell, Becky Walsh, Rachael Waddell, Kyle DeRoos, Courtney Cimala and Stefani Waddell; daughter-in-law Joni Waddell; and 10 great-grandchildren.

After graduating from high school in West Helena, Arkansas, Virginia went on to attend nursing school in Memphis, Tennessee, and started her career as a travel nurse.  She eventually relocated to the Chicago area, where she became reacquainted with Joe Waddell, an old high school friend.  They married, and after raising her family, she returned to work as a pediatric nurse until she retired. After 50 years in Chicago, she moved to Gallatin, Tennessee, where she had an active social life and was involved in her church.

Virginia faithfully loved her family and doted on her grandchildren. She brightened countless vacations, birthdays, and holidays with her gentle presence and infectious laughter. Virginia was always up for an adventure; she and her sister Helen traveled together often, visiting England, Ireland, and Alaska. Her passion for life never faded – even in her seventies and beyond, she was sledding, hiking, and enjoying the outdoors.

For many years each fall, Virginia vacationed with her family and close friends in Fort Myers Beach, where she loved spending early mornings on the porch reading her Bible or walking the beach collecting shells.

Many people who knew Virginia considered her family. She embodied warmth and welcome to all who had the pleasure of knowing her, and modeled Christ’s love in all of her relationships. She will forever be in our hearts and our best memories, and although we mourn her loss, we rejoice that she is home with Jesus.

Visitation will take place at Monee Funeral Home, 5450 West Wilson Street, Monee, Illinois, on Saturday, January 27, from 10:00-12:30, followed by a brief service at 12:30.  There will be a committal service immediately following at Skyline Cemetery in Monee.

Flowers are welcomed or donations may be made to First Baptist Church Gallatin, 205 East Main Street, Gallatin, Tennessee 37066, in memory of Virginia Waddell.

Service Date: 2024-01-27
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Shirley A Ruffalo

Funeral Home: Kerr-Parzygnot Funeral Home (Map-it)


Visitation: Thursday, January 18th from 10am until time of mass at 1pm
Service Date: 01/18/2024
Service Time: 1PM
Cemetery: Assumption Cemetery 19500 S Cottage Grove, Glenwood, Illinois (Map-it)

Shirley A. Ruffalo (Nee Embser) age 89, Homewood resident of 62 years, passed peacefully at home on January 14, 2024. Beloved wife of the late Dominic Ruffalo Jr., mother of Dominic (Carole) Ruffalo III and Susan (Philip) Scroppo. Cherished grandmother of Dominic IV, Joseph, and Anthony Ruffalo, Jessica and Nicholas Scroppo. Fond aunt to many nieces and nephews. Cousin, neighbor and friend to many.

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents Leon and Helen (Knoll) Embser and sisters Rosemary Cordes and Eileen Williams.

Shirley was born July 2, 1934, in Harvey, IL. After graduating from Thornton High School in 1952, Shirley started her working career with the Illinois Central Railroad working with IBM. After the birth of her children, she worked for Swift Computer Services/Global Data for the majority of her career, eventually retiring from Barr Services in data entry management.

She was very creative and could make almost anything whether through sewing, constructing or crafting. She was an avid gardener, decorator and wonderful cook. In her later years, she enjoyed attending St. Joseph Parish where she was a member for over 60 years. She loved taking rides, shopping and talking with people along the way. Most of all, she was the most dedicated and loving wife, mother, grandmother and aunt who in return was loved and cherished by her family and friends.

She was a wonderful example of a life lived with honesty, hard work, humor and most of all love.

Visitation & Mass Thursday, January 18th from 10AM until the time of mass at 1:00PM at Kerr-Parzygnot Funeral Home 540 Dixie Hwy. (at Joe Orr Rd.), Chicago Heights, IL 60411. Interment:  Assumption Cemetery, Glenwood, Illinois.  (708) 754-0016.

 

Service Date: 2024-01-18
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Lyle R. Craig

Funeral Home: Crete Funeral Home (Map-it)


Visitation: Memorial on Sunday, January 21 from 1pm to 5pm at Tuckaway Golf Course
Service Date: 01/21/2024
Service Time: 3:30PM

Lyle Robert Craig, 53 passed away peacefully on January 10, 2024, at Hickory Hills Country Club in Hickory Hills, IL.  He was born March 16, 1970 in Calumet City, Illinois to Robert and Betty Craig of Calumet City, Illinois.  He was a proud resident of Calumet City, Illinois and was a 1988 graduate of TF North High School.  He studied Turf Grass Management at Joliet Junior College Agriculture/Horticulture.  He was engaged to Sarah E. (Dunlap) Berry.  He was a Golf Course Superintendent at Hickory Hills Country Club in Hickory Hills, IL.  Lyle was loved by so many people and took pride in his golf courses he was superintendent at including Willow Run Golf Course in Mokena, Illinois and Lincoln Oaks Golf Course in Crete, IL.  Lyle always had the ability to make anyone smile.  He is survived by his older sister, Amy Craig of Satellite Beach, Florida, his fiancé Sarah (Dunlap) Berry and her children Cullen, Noah, and Mallory of Beecher, Illinois.  Family and friends are invited to Tuckaway Golf Course in Crete, Illinois on January 21, 2024, from 1-5 PM for a memorial to celebrate Lyle’s legacy. There will be a memorial service at 3:30 PM to reminisce and honor the life of Lyle Robert Craig.  In lieu of flowers, there is a fund set up for Sarah and her children Cullen, Noah, and Mallory at First Community Bank and Trust PO Box 457 Beecher, Illinois 60401.

Arrangements entrusted to Kerr-Parzygnot Funeral Home 540 Dixie Hwy. (at Joe Orr Rd.), Chicago Heights, IL 60411. (708) 754-0016.

Service Date: 2024-01-21
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Mary K. Houston

Funeral Home: Kerr-Parzygnot Funeral Home (Map-it)

Service Date: 05/03/2024
Service Time: 5pm
Place of Service: Our Lady of the Heights (St Kieran) of Halsted, Chicago Heights, IL (Map-it)

Mary K. Houston age 87, longtime resident of Chicago Heights, Illinois transitioned to eternal

life on January 9, 2024 at home in the compassionate care of Vitas hospice.  Beloved wife of

almost 69 years to Larry Houston; loving mother to Kathleen (Michael) O’Sullivan, the late

Michelle (Michael) Harris, Pamela (Moses) Cabrera and Elizabeth (Jorge Ibarra) Houston.

Cherished Grandmother to 7 beautiful grandchildren and cherished Great Grandmother to 7

beautiful great grandchildren. Fond sister to Jim (Mary) Ojendyk and to Janice (Duane)

Mentele. She is also preceded in death by her parents, Emil and Marie Ojendyk, siblings Lt.

Col. Ret. Robert (Chris) Ojendyk, Patricia (Edward) Mahoney, and Richard Ojendyk, daughter

Michelle Harris, and grandson Bradley Harris.

Mary was born in Des Moines, Iowa, where she graduated from St. Joseph’s Academy. She

married her high school sweetheart Larry at age 18, and they welcomed their first child, Kathi,

later that year, followed less than 2 years later by their second daughter, Michelle. Pam

followed 8 years after Michelle, and then Beth 13 years after Pam. Mary and Larry spent the

first 10 years of their married life in the Des Moines area and then in 1965, they moved to the

south suburbs of Chicago. After moving back to Des Moines for 2 years in the late 70’s, they

finally settled permanently in Chicago Heights. They worked hard to be able to afford 12 years

of Catholic school for each of their girls. Mary was a devout Catholic all her life and was

involved in several parishes over the years.

Mary was a loving homemaker for all of her adult life. She did have a few jobs over the years,

including at 2 insurance companies in Iowa, and at the Karmelkorn Shoppe and a therapist’s

office in Illinois. Her children span 23 years, so for most of her married life she had at least

one daughter at home. She was a devoted mother to all her girls and a doting grandmother.

Mary was an avid bowler for many years in the Powder Puff league in Chicago Heights. She

always enjoyed visits to the casino, with the penny slot machines being her favorite. She

enjoyed having friends over to play the card game Tripoley. She and Larry took many trips to

Las Vegas, often with friends. After retirement, they even became snowbirds for a few years

and spent their winters in Las Vegas. Mary was known for her impeccably clean home and

hosted many family gatherings over the years, which usually included her famous bourbon

slush drink. She was also a fabulous cook, making a full meal from scratch most nights and

she was well known for her amazing fudge.

Although she will be greatly missed, her family is thankful to have had so many years with her

and in knowing that she is now reunited with so many loved ones who went on before her.

A memorial mass will be held on Friday, May 3, 2024 at 5pm

Our Lady of the Heights/St. Kieran Catholic Church

724 195 th St., Chicago Heights, IL 60411

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to:

Vitas Hospice, 8525 W. 183 rd St., Suite M,Tinley Park, IL 60487

Arrangements entrusted to Kerr-Parzygnot Funeral Home 540 Dixie Hwy. (at Joe Orr Rd.), Chicago Heights, IL 60411. (708) 754-0016.

 

Service Date: 2024-05-03
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